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Gerald Braun, 77, Regal
Gerald Braun Gerald C. Braun, 77, Regal, died Monday, July 25, 2005, after a short illness.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 29, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. Burial took place in St. Anthony's Parish Ceme-tery with full military honors provided by the Lake Henry American Legion Post 612.

Gerald was born May 4, 1928, near Regal to Christian and Susan (Pung) Braun. He attended District School 196 and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army after high school. He attended the University of Minnesota for a time and would return to farm in the Regal area until his retirement.

Gerald was active in the Regal community all of his life and served as the city clerk for many years. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Holy Name Society, a member of the St. Louis Knights of Columbus Council 3820, the Crosier Apostolate and a 52-year member of the Lake Henry American Legion Post 612.

Gerald is survived by his brothers and sisters, Mildred Wazlawik and Thecla Narcisse, both of St. Paul, Hilda Fuchs of Sacramento, Calif., Olivia Fawcett of Phoenix, Ariz., Norbert Braun of Lake Placid, Fla., and Wilfred Braun of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leander and Henry; sisters, Edith Braun and Aurelia Bierschbach; and one infant sister.

Eileen Eischens, 60, Paynesville
Eileen Mildred Eischens, 60, of Paynesville and formerly of St. Leo, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Interment was in the St. Leo Catholic Cemetery.

Eileen was born on April 8, 1945, in Clarkfield, Minn., the daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Abraham) Eischens. She was baptized, confirmed and received her first holy communion at St. Leo Catholic Church. She attended St. Leo Catholic School and lived on a farm near St. Leo until 1960 when she moved with her parents to Minneapolis.

For a time she was employed at Opportunity Workshop, sorting coupons. Upon her father's retirement in 1977, Eileen moved with him to Dawson. In 1984 she became a resident at Bywood East Board and Care in Columbia Heights. In 2001 she moved to Washburne Court in Paynesville and has resided at the Koronis Manor since October 2002.

Eileen enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, bingo, playing cards, crossword puzzles, making rosaries and other crafts. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Ulen of Richmond; a brother, LeRoy (Carol) Eischens of St. Leo; six nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Christopher Berg, 20, Paynesville
Chris Berg Christopher John Berg, 20, of Paynesville, died on Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2005, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25, at the Harbor Four Square Church in Spicer. Rev. Mark Olson officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Chris was born on June 22, 1985, in Paynesville, the son of Peter and Linda (Leyendecker) Berg. He was baptized at St. Agnes Parish in Roscoe. He grew up in Roscoe, Regal and Paynesville where he attended Paynesville Elementary and High School. After his schooling he worked off and on with Anderson Building and Moving Company.

He attended the Harbor Four Square Church in Spicer and River of Life Church in Cold Spring, where he participated in youth group activities. He enjoyed reading, watching and participating in sports.

Chris is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Robert Granville; three brothers, Jesse Berg of Roscoe, Brandon Berg of Paynesville and Robert Granville of Paynesville; two sisters, Daisy (Josh) Gehrke of Killeen, Texas, and Jenny Berg of Paynesville; maternal grandparents, Leo and Dorothy Leyendecker of Roscoe, and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Peter.

Luverne Bohning, 75, Forest City
Vern Bohning Luverne "Vern" J. Bohning, 75, of Forest City, Minn., died on Saturday, July 23, 2005, at the V.A. Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday July 27) at St. Matthew's Church of Christ in Forest City. Pastor Truman Stehr will officiate. Burial will be in the Paynesville cemetery with military honors by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Vern was born on June 25, 1930, the son of George and Viva (Suhn) Bohning in Harrold, South Dakota. In 1941, his family moved to Paynesville where he graduated from high school. After high school he enlisted in the military and served during the Korean War.

Vern returned to Paynesville after his military service and married Joan Aldous in 1953. When his dad died in 1956, Vern took over the family business, Star Grocery. Through the years Vern was involved with numerous retail businesses. On Aug. 9, 1969, he was united in marriage to Marie Finseth. They moved to Worthington where he worked four years as district manager for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In 1974, they moved to Forest City where they owned and operated the Riverside Store until 1999.

Vern was a member of St. Matthew's Church, the Paynesville American Legion and the Masonic Lodge.

He enjoyed fishing, especially at Lake Koronis. He also enjoyed hunting, bowling, playing cribbage, golfing, horseshoes, listening to music, going dancing and playing pool.

Vern is survived by his wife, Marie of Forest City; sons, Bill (Suzanne) of Mankato, Bob (Toby) of Litchfield, Brad (Tammy) of Silver Lake, Barry (Angela) of Watkins, and Roy of Hutchinson; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Marlin (Delores) Bohning of Worthington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

Thomas Vanderpool, 56, Crystal
Thomas E. Vanderpool, II, 56, of Crystal and formerly of Maple Grove, Minn., died on Thursday, July 21, 2005.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Maple Grove. Interment was in St. John's Cemetery.

Tom was born on July 30, 1948, in St. Cloud, the son of Dr. Thomas and Elaine Vanderpool. He moved to Paynesville when he was eight years old.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1966 and the University of Minnesota in 1970 with a degree in business administration. He worked as a management consultant all over the United States and also in England and Australia.

Tom is survived by his wife, Sandra; a daughter, Jennifer; a son, David; his mother, Elaine Vanderpool of Paynesville; a brother, Bruce (Susan) Vanderpool of Paynesville; two sisters, Joan Vanderpool and Virginia (Jerry Mobley) Vanderpool; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Vanderpool.

Faythe McDonald, infant, Paynesville
Faythe Lanray McDonald was born and died on Wednesday morning, July 20, 2005, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

A private family service was held on Friday, July 22.

Faythe is survived by her parents Diane and Marshall McDonald of Paynesville; sisters, Skylar and Tatum; a brother, Kalvin; maternal grandparents, Roger and Carrie Wenzel of Olivia; and paternal grandparents, John and Lisa McDonald of Lower Lake, Calif.

Dr. Howard Norris, 80, Montana
Dr. Howard R. Norris, 80, of Forsyth, Mont., and formerly of Hawick, Minn., died on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth, Mont.

Graveside services will held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Paynesville Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Arrangments are with Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Howard was born on Nov. 26, 1924, in Hawick to A.B., and Mary Norris. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1942. Howard worked at a bank in Paynesville while in high school.

After graduation, he then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Germany in counter intelligence until 1947. After his discharge he went to Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

Howard married Valieta Beyer in 1948. He furthered his education at Northwestern College of Chiro-practic in Minneapolis, getting his doctor of chiropractic degree. He moved to Forsyth, Mont., and opened his practice there in 1958.

He is survived by his wife, Valieta of Forsyth; daughter, Yvette (Dick) Lechner; a grandson; a granddaughter; one brother, Arthur (Iris) of Hawick; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert and Harold.

Betty Vail, 76, Utah
Betty Vail Betty June Vail, 76, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held at the Prince of Peace Evangelical Luth-eran Church in Taylors-ville, Utah, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16.

She was born on June 13, 1929, in Mau Fred Township in Minnesota, the daughter of Anna and Nels Larsen.

Betty is survived by her children, Kevin (Janet), Patrick (Annie) Debbie (Kevin) Freeman, Terrence, Kelly (Kim-berly), Steven (Diane), Brian, Rebecca Page, and Michael; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Jack (Nancy) Larsen and Roger, (Karen) Larsen, both of Paynesville; a sister, Frances (Gerald) Thorson; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence and her parents.

Kyle Palmer, 30, Paynesville
Kyle Palmer Kyle Kenton Palmer, 30, of Paynesville, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, from injuries in an automobile accident near Regal.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery.

Kyle was born on Oct. 15, 1974, in Grand Forks, N.D., the son of Keith and Madonna (Venner) Palmer. In 1975, Kyle moved with his family to Paynesville where he graduated from high school in 1993. He attended St. Cloud Technical Institute for one year.

He had worked at Wally's G&T, Louis Industries, and Dig America. He was currently working for Doom Construction.

He loved to fish, hunt - especially pheasants, and tinker with his truck. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Kyle is survived by his parents, Madonna and Gaile Leimer of Paynesville; sister, Amber (Shawn) O'Brien of Eagan; brothers, Jeff Leimer of Winona, Thomas (Michelle) Leimer of Maple Grove, and Braden Leimer of Washington, D.C.; three nephews; maternal grandmother, Rose Venner of Pierre, S.D.; and paternal stepgrandmother, Hermina Leimer of Lewisville, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Palmer; maternal grandfather, Lawrence Venner; paternal grandparents, Vern and Ethel Palmer; and paternal stepgrandfather, Gerhardt Leimer.

Elvin Schaefers, 86, Sauk Rapids
Elvin Schaefers Elvin J. "Dutch" Schaefers, 86, of Sauk Rapids, died on July 10, 2005, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiated. Burial with full military honors provided by Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254 was at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud. Elvin was born on May 18, 1919, in Roscoe to John and Lillian (Kost) Schaefers. He attended St. Mary's Grade School and Cathedral High School. He was a student at St. John's University when he joined the Navy and served through WWII.

He married Eleanor Solfelt on June 21, 1943, in St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. They were married 62 years.

Elvin worked for Montgomery Ward for 47 years, retiring in 1984. In their retirement, he and Eleanor started Terminal Tactics, a fly fishing supply company. They fished streams and lakes across the United States, traveling in their camper whenever they were on business trips.

They also built two authentic log cabins, cutting and peeling all the logs by hand. Elvin loved hunting, fishing, reading, and traveling. Elvin is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, John (Catherine Kunkel) of Annandale; two granddaughters; brother, Harold of Naples, Fla.; and nephews, nieces, and grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Carl Joseph; and brothers, Clarence, Jerome and Earl.

Gary Lahr, 44, St. Cloud
Gary Lahr Gary Lahr, 44, of St. Cloud, died on Friday, July 8, 2005, at his home after a struggle with diabetes.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 11, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Gary was born Sept. 4, 1960, in Paynesville to Frank and Mabel (Lounsbury) Lahr. He grew up in rural Paynesville and graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1978.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and Paynesville Knights of Columbus, St. Louis Council 3820.

He worked many years in the construction field. He enjoyed his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

Gary is survived by his parents of Paynesville; brothers and sisters, Linda (Glenn) Abraham of New Ulm, Ronald L. (Cathy) Lahr and Joyce (Wayne) Henfling, both of Eden Valley, Thomas R. (Jill) Lahr of Paynesville, Gene (Michelle) Lahr of Grey Eagle, Wayne Lahr of Owatonna, Harry (Shannon) Lahr of Buffalo, Nancy (Jim) Segal of Portland, Maine, Lynn (Vance) Kesler of Shoreview, and JoAnn (Jerry) Leimer of Cloquet; a godchild; and 24 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by twobrothers, Dale Lahr and Frank P. Lahr, Jr.

Cyril Winters, 80, Regal
Cyril Winters Cyril J. Winters, 80, of Regal, died on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. Rev. Fred Fink officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Cyril was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Sauk Centre to Clarence and Caroline (Maus) Winters. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He married Jeanette Muske on Sept. 11, 1947, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. He lived in Sauk Centre, Paynesville, and most of his married life in Regal.

Cyril was employed for Minnesota Valley Breeders and later for Select Sires. He was also employed part-time for Prairie View Golf Course in Brooten.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal, Lake Henry American Legion, Belgrade VFW, and Catholic Order of Foresters.

Cyril is survived by his children, Linda (Scott) Mjoen of Crookston, Karon (Mark) Cunningham of St. Augusta, Kathy (Bruce) Younkin of Paynesville, Carla (Scott) Kannenberg of Spicer, Randy Winters of Crookston, and Daryl (Lisa) Winters of St. Cloud; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers Leonard Winters of Tacoma, Wash., and Ralph Winters of Clearwater.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jeannette on June 22, 1987; and one grandson.

Eric Smith, 23, New London
Eric Smith Eric Ervin Smith, 23, of New London, died Wednesday afternoon, July 6, 2005, in a construction accident in Milnor, N.D.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 11, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in New London.

Eric was born on April 15, 1982, in Avon, the son of Patrick and Barbara (Schwenk) Smith. He was baptized in the Christian faith in April of 1982 in Albany. He grew up in Avon until 1988 when his family moved to New London. He attended Prairie Woods Elementary and New London/Spicer High School graduating in 2000.

While in high school, he worked for Jimmy's Pizza. He continued his education at Ridgewater College, studying auto body and graduated in June 2003.

On Jan. 7, 2005, Eric was engaged to Jeni Oeltjenbruns. Their wedding date was planned for February 25, 2006.

Eric lived in New London and worked for Quam Construction.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fixing cars, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, boating, telling stories and helping others.

Eric is survived by his parents, Patrick and Barbara Smith of New London; fiancÚ, Jeni Oeltjenbruns of New Hope; brother, Andrew (Holly) Smith of St. Paul; seven sisters, Mary (Esteban) Ozornia of Willmar, Amy Smith of New London, Julia Smith of Brooten, Lisa Smith, Angela Smith, Rita Smith and Leah Smith, all of New London; maternal grandmother, Marion Schwenk of Montevideo; and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, paternal grandparents, and brother, Patrick Smith Jr. in 1994.

Larry Stockholm, 56, Arizona
Larry Alan Stockholm, 56, of Tucson, Ariz., died on July 2, 2005, at his home of natural causes.

A celebration of his life was held at The Home Den in Tucson on Saturday, July 9. Private services will be held in Beggs, Okla., on July 23.

Larry was born on June 4, 1949, to Lloyd and Lucille Stockholm in Tulsa, Okla.

He loved to travel and lived in many different places in his life, including Orondo and Malaga, Wash., Paynesville, and Tucson, Ariz.

Larry is survived by his daughters, Amie, Julie and Mary Stock-holm; their mother, Cindy Hukriede of Paynesville; a granddaughter; and family in Beggs, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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